Courtesy of Elissa KlineA new documentary about lauded singer/songwriter Carole King premieres tonight, February 19, as part of PBS’ ongoing American Masters series. The hour-long film, titled Carole King: Natural Woman, tells King’s life story, from her Brooklyn childhood to her songwriting partnership with and marriage to Gerry Goffin, through the launch of her successful solo career all the way up through today.

The documentary includes previously unseen performances and home movies, as well as a new interview with Carole. Topics that King discusses include the making and impact of her landmark 1971 solo album Tapestry, her abusive marriage to Rick Evers, her life on her Idaho ranch and why she was initially skeptical of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Carole King: Natural Woman also features new conversations with some of King’s musical friends and collaborators, including James Taylor, the songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Tapestry producer Lou Adler, her ex-manager Peter Asher, session musicians Russ Kunkel and Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar and lyricists Toni Stern and Carole Bayer Sager.

You can view several preview clips from the documentary at

Carole King: Natural Woman premieres nationwide on PBS at 9 p.m. ET. Check your local listings to see when the program will be shown in your air area.

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